Greening your period

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Today I am going to talk about periods. Feminine issues.  The dreaded monthly visitor.

 

So, now that all of the men have promptly exited out of this post, I’ll continue.

Like the majority of women, I used pads and tampons for years whenever I had my period.   There basically weren’t any other alternatives.  Then a few years ago, I learned about cups that women can use instead.  I was mildly intrigued, but honestly, I was kind of grossed out by the whole idea and didn’t look into it any further.

But when I was asked to sample the Lunette Menstrual Cup, I figured that I should be a bit more open-minded and at least give it a try.

So, what are menstrual cups?

Menstrual cups are reusable cups that are inserted in a similar way to tampons.  Here is an in-depth guide on exactly how to use it.  They are different from tampons in that they do not absorb the fluid.  The fluid is collected in the cup instead.

What is the cup made of?

Lunette is made of medical grade silicone that is FDA approved, hypoallergenic, and free of the toxins you’ll find in pads and tampons.

What are the benefits of using a menstrual cup?

I was actually surprised that there were so many positives to using Lunette.  First and foremost, it is healthier for our bodies.  Tampons can contain toxic chemicals and promote bacteria growth which can lead to TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) and possibly even cancer.  Both pads and tampons contain toxins and fragrance that can not irritate such a sensitive area of a woman’s body but also reproductive issues and endocrine disruption. Removing tampons from the vagina can even result in tiny abrasions along the vaginal wall, and the fibers can actually get left behind in there!  Tampons can also dry out the mucous membrane.  Cups, on the other hand, do not “disrupt the vagina’s lubricating ability, or interfere with the natural process of shedding menstrual blood, dead cells, and bacteria.” (source)

Aside from being healthier to use, cups are actually more comfortable. Unlike pads and tampons, you can move, exercise, and go about your day without even noticing that you’re wearing one.  Plus, you only have to empty them 2-3 times per day.  (Although, I recommend emptying them more frequently if you have heavier periods- even with the heavy flow cup.) And because they are reusable for up to three years, they are also better for the environment, as they do not create extra waste, and they are cheaper to use in the long run.

Are there any cons to using a menstrual cup?

Truly the only con that I found with using Lunette is that it is slightly messier to insert than a tampon because there isn’t an applicator, but after using the cup just a few times, it didn’t seem like such a big deal any longer.

Important things to note when using the cup:

I’m willing to bet that your first try at inserting the cup will seem a little bit awkward, and you will probably wonder if you have done it correctly.  That was my experience anyway.  Just stick with it though because it really makes the whole process of having your period so much more comfortable.  I did experience a leak after my first usage, but it was because I didn’t have it adjusted properly.  Once I got the hang out that, I never had a leak again!

Additionally, it is important to note that you can purchase cups for light to moderate (model 1) or medium to heavy (model 2) flows.  They even come in pretty colors which might sound silly, but hey, anything to make having your period slightly less painful, right?

And finally, keeping them clean is really easy.  While there are specific products you can buy to wipe them, they are not necessary.

 

OK, I am done with the period talk for today, but if you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave a comment!

 

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